In today’s world, the eyes and the soul are assaulted by a myriad of things, causing us to lose our focus, become scattered, and even blinded to the simple beauty hidden around us. Peter Dušek is an international award-winning Canadian photographer whose toned black and white photographs give us a glimpse of this beauty, hidden like a special shell amongst the pebbles on a beach. Inspired by the philosophies of Japanese Zen and Chinese Tao, Peter places a strong emphasis on balance and negative space and his artistic design goal is “as little as possible, as much as necessary”, giving an almost abstract quality to his intimate landscapes. His style embodies the Japanese design aesthetic shibumi, which means “a quiet elegance”. In this simplicity can be found the serenity and perhaps even the happiness that often eludes us.
Peter is represented by Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, where he had his first solo exhibition, Tranquility, in 2015. The exhibition sold out almost two and a half times over, with Saks Fifth Avenue acquiring two complete sets to represent Canadian Art at their two stores in Toronto. He was awarded “Best of 2015” by the American Society of Media Photographers, “Best Work by an Emerging Artist” by the Ontario Society of Artists, and his work has been shown at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City, alongside art from 70 international galleries. Peter had his second major exhibition, Serenity, at Abbozzo Gallery in 2017 as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography event in the world. His work was featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Arabella art and design magazine. He has exhibited in numerous galleries across Canada and the USA, including the West Street Art Center, Indiana (Paul Paletti Gallery, KY), John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills in Toronto, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and Gallery 78 in New Brunswick. Peter’s work is held in private and corporate collections throughout North America.
Peter was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 2015 and the Society of Canadian Artists in 2016. He is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).
Great photography is the rare marriage of the creativity of art with the technique of craft and the precision of science. If any one of these elements is missing, a photograph falls short of its full potential. Peter’s photography benefits from over 25 years of experience as a computer consultant and programmer, building sophisticated database systems, which requires a similar blend of creativity, craft, and extreme attention to detail.
Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Peter moved to Canada when he was seven years old. He lives in the beautiful Hockley Valley, Ontario with his wife, dog and cat, exploring the countryside by motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot, often accompanied by his dog, Daisy. His frequent excursions give him a deep familiarity and affinity with some of Ontario’s most beautiful lands.
2017.Solo exhibition,Belfountain Music Festival, Melville White Church, Caledon, Ontario
2017. Ontario Greenbelt Photo Exhibit, Travelling group show
2017. Serenity – Solo Exhibition, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
2017. Works from the Headwaters Region, Theatre Orangeville / Orangeville Town Hall, Orangeville, Ontario
2016. Tranquility, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon, Ontario
2016. Works from Ontario, Millcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon, Ontario
2015. Works from Tranquility, Feature Gallery at Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2015. Caledon, Millcroft Inn & Spa, Caledon, Ontario